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Says Mounir Abi-Said: “At Animal Encounter, we have a mission of spreading our conservation message, through environmental education and changing as much as we can of people’s attitudes towards wildlife. Surprisingly, the results jumped beyond our expectations. Our outreach programs attained more than 20,000 students /year and more than 7,000 visitors. As a part of a PhD research, we found through Animal Encounter awareness programs that more than 80% of the visitors changed their attitudes towards wildlife.
“We made Animal Encounter a reference for wildlife lovers or for those who came across sick, injured, hunted animals needing special care and shelter.
“We have rehabilitated hundreds of injured migratory birds brought by concerned citizens who showed confidence in the conservation mission that we lead. The Captive Breeding program was another success: different animal species are breeding, like hyaenas, jackals…, and their offspring are being released back to the wild.”